Selected Important Privacy Laws for Businesses

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Federal Laws

Cable Communications Policy Act

47 U.S.C. § 551 Requires that cable television operators provide their subscribers with a written statement describing the nature of personally identifiable information it collects; the use, disclosure and maintenance of such information; and the subscribers’ ability to access such information. Permits cable television operators to collect personally identifiable information from subscribers only to render services to the subscriber or detect unauthorized reception of cable communications, or with the subscriber’s consent, and limits the disclosure of such information. Permits subscribers to bring civil actions in federal court, and provides for actual damages (of not less than $100/day or $1000, whichever is higher), punitive damages and reasonable attorneys' fees and other litigation costs.

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